Perrott’s Folly, as the name suggests, is a folly made for John Perrott. Situated by Rotton Park, there are many stories to explain why the tower was built. One is that John Perrott wanted to be able to survey his land and perhaps entertain guests. Or the tower might have been used to spot animals for hunting. Or that he built the tower so that he could see his wife’s grave, 15 miles away.
It has also been suggested, though not proven, that this folly and the nearby Waterworks tower influenced the writings of J. R .R. Tolkien, who lived nearby as a child.